While I learned to knit nearly 30 years ago, I've been knitting consistently and nearly obsessively, for over 10 years now and I'm still learning about myself and my style of knitting. This week, what I already knew about myself was reinforced. I'm a process knitter who enjoys small projects. I don't have the attention span to complete large projects in a timely manner- perhaps it's the hectic pace of my life, perhaps I'm easily distracted, perhaps I just don't appreciate bigger projects. Whatever the reason, my current preference is solidified, and I have absolutely no guilt about it!
This Sunday I tore out my Creekbed Scarf. Above shows the remnants of what I had knit- just those tiny little balls, shown compared with the large unknit green color to show you how much I actually had done- only a few inches of the 441-stitches-across scarf. Since I started this project on November 2nd, I knit just a few rows here and there, mostly when I had finished a sock or something at knitting group and needed something to work on for an hour before starting something else. But yesterday, surrounded by a dozen of my knitting friends, I said that I really wasn't enjoying the project because knitting the project lengthwise made me feel like I wasn't getting anything done- I'm the type of knitter who needs to see progress, or I get impatient and bored. It was suggested that I tear it out- afterall, why continue knitting something that wasn't doing it for me right now? I had thought I would just keep it on the needles and knit it here or there when I decided to get it out, but after I thought more I realized that knitting is my time for relaxation, meditation and enjoyment and why should I knit something I'm not loving? Especially when the yarn itself is so wonderful and I'd much more appreciate knitting it into something else- perhaps a few smaller, more manageable projects.
Have you done this before? Just torn out a project originally you were so excited about and that you planned the perfect yarn to match the perfect jacket? I really thought I would enjoy this one, and in reality it reinforced why I am a sock knitter. After nearly 10 years of knitting mostly socks(peppered with a few mitts, lacy shawlettes, and baby blankets) I know that one-skein projects are still the ones that make me the most satisfied.
So here's what I did finish- my first started and completed project of 2012, my Van GoghSunflower socks. I used my basic stockinette sock pattern, which is very similar to this one, and they fit perfectly. Now I think I might cast on a baby onesie!